Restorative Dentistry to Repair Smiles
If dental damage or decay occurs, Dr. Peter Kics, Dr. Aurora Hart and Dr. Brian Rosenblatt and the team at Westgate Dental Care are here to help repair your teeth and restore your full, healthy smile. Our Arlington Heights, IL dental practice is focused on prevention, but we still have the necessary training and experience to provide even the most advanced smile repair options whenever necessary. Contact our team to find out more about restorative dentistry services or schedule an appointment.
Traditional Crown & Bridge
Dental crowns are most often used to repair a damaged or decayed tooth when more conservative options like fillings prove ineffective. Crowns can also be used in a number of other situations including:
- To protect root canal treated teeth
- To improve the cosmetic appearance of teeth
- To support one or more consecutive replacement teeth forming a fixed bridge
- To replace one to four consecutive teeth when attached to one or more dental implants
We provide dental crowns in a variety of materials, and the process typically takes two visits to our office. During the initial appointment, we’ll prepare the damaged teeth, capture impressions, and place a temporary. The impressions are sent to a lab where your crown is crafted. Once the custom crown is received from our lab, you’ll return to exchange the temporary for a custom solution. Bridges are commonly crafted and placed in two appointments. For those patients who choose dental implant supported tooth replacement, the process may take longer and require additional visits.
Tooth Colored Fillings
We are dedicated to offering the most conservative dental restoration options, and tooth-colored, composite resin fillings allow us to do just that. Traditionally, dentists used metal amalgam fillings to repair minor decay or damage. In addition to their immediately noticeable appearance within the smile, amalgams also have a number of disadvantages for patients’ overall oral health. The metal amalgam is held in place with wedges placed into the healthy tooth structure, and they expand and contract at a higher rate than tooth enamel. Both of these concerns can lead to unnecessary loss of tooth structure. Instead, we recommend tooth colored fillings. They can be shaded to blend seamlessly into the natural colors of tooth structures, and the putty like resins are applied directly to the surfaces of damaged teeth. The resin seeps into small crevices in teeth, and creates a stronger, more natural bond preserving the remaining healthy tooth structure.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
For patients missing numerous consecutive or nonconsecutive teeth or a full arch of teeth, dentures are an excellence tooth replacement option. Partials are used to fill in gaps between teeth. A gum colored base is crafted to fit between teeth, and metal clasps anchor the partial to remaining healthy teeth. Replacement teeth are custom crafted and attached to the base material to complete the smile line. A full denture is similarly crafted with a gum colored base supporting a full row of replacement teeth. However, there are not healthy teeth remaining to provide support, so the base is crafted to fit snugly against the gum line, creating suction that holds the denture into position.
When tooth decay or damage accesses the innermost layer of the tooth, the result is typically a painful toothache or extreme dental sensitivity. While root canal therapy has garnered a bad reputation, those patients who receive this treatment experience significant relief from the discomfort leading up to treatment. The inner layer of the tooth is called pulp, and the nerve system is housed within the pulp tissue. When damage or decay reaches this part of the tooth, the nerve system is directly irritated causing the toothache pain. Root canals remove the damaged pulp and nerve tissue. The procedure is simple. We drill a small access hole from the top of the tooth to the pulp. Then, we carefully extract the pulp and nerve. If there is infection, we will decontaminate the inner portion of the tooth. Next, a similar substance is used to replace the lost dental structure, and the hole is resealed. We will typically recommend placing a dental crown to protect the tooth as well.
The goal of most restorative dentistry services is to repair damaged teeth and preserve remaining healthy structures. However, there may be cases of damage, decay, or other oral health needs that require the extraction of one or more teeth. Our top priority is making sure that patients maintain the optimal level of oral and overall health, so when it comes to determining whether or not to remove a tooth, the decision is straightforward. If the removal of the individual tooth will improve or protect basic oral health, extraction may be necessary. Some of the most common reasons we remove teeth include:
- Decay or damage too severe for the tooth to support a restoration
- Decay or damage that may cause unnecessary damage to the surrounding teeth
- In preparation for orthodontic treatment that is necessary due to crowding
- In preparation for the design and placement of partial and full dentures
- The final teeth to erupt are the third molars or wisdom teeth, and they often need to be extracted due to lack of space within the smile line